Important Patient Information
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Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and have been used very successfully for the past 20 years. Dentists have come to rely on them for solving cosmetic dentistry problems that used to be insolvable. www.sanluisoralsurgery.com (for oral surgery)
When a tooth is determined to be beyond repair due to an excessive loss of tooth structure or bone support. or has a broken root it must be extracted as soon as possible to avoid infection. Some extractions are referred to the Oral Surgeon.
A crown is a tooth-colored, custom made covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.
Veneers are thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damage, discolored, poorly shaped or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.
Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures are more stable and "real" feeling than most types of dentures. Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving the patient a strong stable and durable solution to removable dental appliances.
Also know as "bonding", composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities, and also to replace old defective fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill gaps and protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
We offer a number of different options including bleaching, bonding, porcelain veneers, and in some cases, implants and/or orthodontic care is utilized in our smile makeover planning.
We perform conservative treatment modalities including guards for clenching and bruxism, and supportive care. In some cases we will refer to physical therapy for further treatment.
Root Canal Therapy
When a toothʼs nerve has become infected from being invaded by decay, exposed when a tooth breaks, or is stressed from a crack in the tooth or a previous deep filling, root canal therapy is performed to save the tooth and remove the infected nerve. A properly restored tooth following root canal therapy yields long-term success rates near 97%.
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth make-over.
A denture is a removable appliance to replace missing teeth. A full denture replaces all the teeth. A partial denture replaces only the missing teeth and is supported by the remaining natural teeth. There are two types of partial dentures. A cast metal framework partial is meant for longtime use, whereas a simpler acrylic partial is meant to be worn for only 1-5 years. If a denture becomes loose fitting or is rocking, this can mean that a reline procedure is needed to fit the denture closer to the gums to stablize itʼs position and protect the underlying structures and remaining teeth.